Responding to feedback from industry professionals, the USGBC has decided to delay the launch of LEED 2012 until at least June 1, 2013. Along with the date, the name has also been changed—to LEED v4. To compensate, LEED 2009 has been extended for a full three years, allowing time for incentive teams to initiate the shift between LEED versions. The setback was based on three main concerns:
- The proposed changes in the rating system were too extensive, too quickly.
- Some of the changes needed more refinement as newer approaches need to be applied.
- Many of the resources required to achieve needed credits would not be available by the time LEED 2012 would have been launched.
The evolution from LEED 2009 to LEED v4 next year promises to bring a stronger user experience along with better performance management features that will increase efficiency and improve indoor environmental quality. Some of the most important changes we can expect are:
- New Market Sectors: Data Centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retail, and LEED Homes Midrise will all be included in v4.
- A More Rigorous Rating System: Along with advances in technology and acceptance of LEED and green building practices, the rating system will become more stringent.
- Credit Weightings: In line with the rating system, the credit weightings will also have higher standards.
Stay tuned to RedVector and the GreenView blog for the latest LEED v4 updates!